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SK hynix reveals new sustainability programme

Memory specialist SK hynix has established a fresh roadmap to boost its use of recycled and renewable materials.

The Korea-based company's new sustainability plan will start with the essential metals it uses in semiconductor production, such as copper, tin, and gold. Metals account for a large proportion of the weight of finished memory products, but are difficult to replace with other materials. This makes recycling the best option.

SK hynix also intends to replace the plastic packaging used to protect finished semiconductor products with recycled plastic. And the firm wants to extends its sustainability drive to its suppliers too, It will ask them to obtain validation from publicly trusted external organisations such as the ISO 14021, which is a type 2 environmental label established by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

With this project, SK hynix aims to raise the proportion of recycled materials used in the products currently manufactured by the company to 25% by 2025 and more than 30% (based on weight) by 2030.

Junho Song, Vice President and Head of Advanced Quality & Analysis of SK hynix, said: "As a company that takes ESG management seriously, we intend to actively participate in the establishment of a global circular economy. While implementing this roadmap, we will work together with all stakeholders in the semiconductor supply chain, including customers and suppliers, to achieve practical results."


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June 13 2024 1:49 pm V22.4.55-1